August 21, 2014

A Taste of Epcot

Years ago, while I was still working at Disney, one night after a long day of doing puppet shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then still called MGM studios) my dear friend and co-worker, Keith, asked me if I'd like to go to Epcot with him and watch the fireworks. I never turned down watching the fireworks at Epcot. So we went and we found a nice place to watch them from in front of the Japanese pavilion. Keith got a glass of plumb wine. I'd never had plumb wine before so I got one too. And I loved it! I hate the taste of most alcohol, but plumb wine is pretty sweet and sort of tastes like what I would imagine wine would taste like in Narnia. 

So last night Peter and I were having dinner at the Japanese restaurant around the corner and I ordered a glass of plum wine. I took a sip and was like "Whoa, Epcot!" and I said "Peter, I think having a glass of plum wine is like a little taste of Epcot." and he had a sip and agreed. And we also both agreed that plum wine tasted vaguely educational, just like Epcot. 


August 18, 2014

Sterling Holloway

"What do you do for relaxation, Sterling?"


One of the greatest voices the world has ever known.
Don't you think?

August 11, 2014

Roland SH-1000

I really like these videos where someone makes an entire song with just one synthesizers. They really give you an idea of what it's capable off. Also, I think (on and off) that I might like to get an SH-1000 someday. Because it was Roland's first synthesizer ever, I feel like there must be some special magic in it. Does anyone have one and have an opinion? 

August 4, 2014

Ablaze With Wonders!

This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I guess it still is! I love this poster -- it merges two of my favorite time periods, the 50's and the 70's. Did I see the new Maleficent movie? Yes, I saw it and I loved it. 

July 31, 2014

冨田勲 ISAO TOMITA Live at Linz Austria 1984 or The History of the Universe with Music, Lights, Laser and Fire Above the Danube

People sometimes muse about what great concerts in the past they wish they could have attended. For me it's Tomita's concert in Linz Austria in 1984. I would have been about 8 months old when it happened. I've been a huge Tomita fan since I was a kid, he's probably my favorite of all the old synthesist great. Anyway, on a trip home to Ohio last year (with David Barnhart, to visit Jon Sonnenburg actually!) I found this CD:  Tomita Live at Linz 1984. So, I've been listening to it and love it. But these videos of the show! Tomita (and some pals) are in a glass pyramid that's suspended over the water by a crane!

The whole show really reminds me of the Illuminations fireworks / water / laser show at Epcot. I wonder if one inspired the other? Even looking at these pictures, I feel like I'm a kid again looking at all the photos of my grandparents vacation to Epcot. Amateur photos of sparks and lasers shooting through smoke, probably taken on an old kodak disposable camera -- my imagination was all aflutter!

*these photos below are actually from a Tomita concert in Sydney, but I'd assume it was all the same props.

July 27, 2014

Echoes of Disneyland

Gosh, sorry it's been so quiet around here. I've been so busy with work lately. I must reassure you that this blog is not dead! I think it still has a lot of life in it yet. Anyway, on to this post!

Echoes of Dinseyland is a little record that was originally released in 1955. Back in those days there was an organ shop on Main Street in Disneyland that sold Wurlitzer organs. Dee Fisher used to perform in the shop, playing Disney themes on the Wurlitzer. This record is a live recording of one of those performances. I think it's just wonderful! It's one of those records I listen to when I get tired of all the other music that I'd normally listen to.... though, this is slowing starting to become my norm!

It's interesting because it was released in 1955, Disney didn't have a ton (or, at least, as much) material to work with. So there are a few classics on here: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, When You Wish Upon A Star, Someday My Prince Will Come, etc. But then there's some deeper cuts such as Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp, Little April Shower from Bambi, and some stuff that I can't even place. 

It's a great record to listen to while walking around by yourself around dusk on a cool summer night.  Echos of Dinseyland is such an amazing title and perfect for this record. And if you let yourself think of it in this light, it sort of sounds like a bunch of Disney songs being played in a funeral parlor. I, personally, don't like to go there. This record is available on iTunes. I couldn't find any samples of it to play for you here, so instead here's an almost unrelated song that is currently my summer jam:

Concert Last Sunday

These pictures make it look like there was only one person in attendance... there were a few more ;)

Thanks to Peter and Kevin for the pics, and to Christine for putting the concert together. There is talk of setting up a Christmas concert latter this year at the Quaker meeting house. I hope I'm in town for it -- to provide a switched-on segment.